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Wednesday
Aug082012

The Display Industry News Roundup for 8.8.2012

Image via Automotive IT

Introducing a new car model – virtually "Inreal’s virtual technology is built around the cinemizer OLED multimedia video glasses first introduced by lens specialist Carl Zeiss in 2010. The glasses combine three-dimensional viewing with stereo sound, providing a high-quality virtual experience." Automotive IT

AUO adjusts its business model in hope of decreasing losses "AU Optronics (AUO) has been focusing on product differentiation, improvements with its product portfolio and increasing the proportion of its sales from small- and medium-sized panels in order to attempt to make up for seven consecutive quarters of losses, said sources." via DigiTimes

Sharp LCD-based support plan is up for renegotiation "The plan was for Sharp to transfer the company's advanced, small-to-medium LCD panel technology to a Hon Hai fab under construction in China’s Sichuan province. Hon Hai was expected to pay about $850 million in return for a 9.98 percent stake in the company. ...However, the original buy-in was negotiated with Sharp shares at price of 550 yen per share and they are now trading at below 200 yen per share." via EE Times

Apollo Display's VideoPoster Technology Updates Parking Meters for the 21st Century "For use in the parking meters, Apollo's VideoPoster was configured for a 10.1-inch widescreen panel to which a trigger playlist via a PIR (passive infrared sensor) motion sensor was added." via Digital Signage Connection

Forecast Revised Down for Flat Panel Displays in Commercial, Public Display Settings "The global market for public displays remains strong, but in recent quarters, flat panel display manufacturers have emphasized revenue and profit over volume, thus lowering the overall unit shipment outlook for this category." via DisplaySearch

Is the future of digital signage for sale, retail? "Bucklin agreed that this would likely be a good way to get more people to get to that entry point into digital signage, at least at first. Other all-in-one, "sign-in-a-box" type deployments have generally met with limited success, he said, "primarily because there's a hardware, a software and a content component, and all three have to be well implemented to be successful."" via Digital Signage Today

Digital Signage as a Retail product "In the end, the decision to offer signage through retail may be the biggest innovation in TV since the introduction of flat panels." via Flat Panel Display Blog

Monday
Aug062012

The Display Industry News Roundup for 8.6.2012

Image via eMagin / OLED-Info

eMagin got $2.4 million to develop high-brightness 2000x2000 OLED microdisplays for the US Navy "eMagin explains that in contrast to night vision goggles, which require a low brightness display so that military personnel can transition more easily from wearing the goggles to the light of their actual surroundings, aircraft cockpit displays require a very high brightness in order to be seen anytime during the day." via OLED-Info

E Ink to Acquire SiPix "Combined with Bridgestone’s exit from the electrophoretic display (EPD) business, this means that E Ink, the first company to mass produce EPD, will be the sole manufacturer of the technology." via DisplaySearch Blog

Nouvoyance explains why PenTile OLEDs last longer "[PenTile] enables larger sub-pixels, and a higher aperture ratio (or fill factor - the ratio of active area to nonactive area). This reduces the current density required to achieve a given luminance - which improves lifetime." via OLED-Info

Display Alliance is published by Mass Integrated, Inc., a global display distributor. Mass Integrated supplies display panels for Digital Signage, Industrial, Military, Medical, End-of-life, Projected Capacitive Touch (PCAP), Laptops, and more. Call for sourcing and purchasing: (978) 465-6190

Detailed info of leaked iPhone 5 front glass lens

What Can an RGB LED Display Do for You? "By changing which sub-pixels are lit, and how brightly, the display can create any color. For example, if the pixel needs to be magenta, then the red and blue LEDs would both light up, creating the impression of magenta when seen at a distance." via Active Display Solutions Blog

Industrial displays with RGB background illumination module "Electronic Assembly's range of industrial displays includes an RGB background illumination module which makes it possible to set any shade of colour, including white. The five graphic displays of the DOG line offer a resolution of 102 x 64 to 160 x 104 pixels. The three text displays can show two or three lines of text at 16 characters per line, or a single line with up to 8 characters." via NewElectronics

HTC preparing a 5-inch phone with 1080p display for September, say reports "This information comes from DigiTimes, citing an unusual resolution of 1794 x 1080, which we're guessing means it has a full 1920 x 1080 panel, but omits 126 vertical lines for Android's onscreen navigation buttons, introduced in Ice Cream Sandwich." via TheVerge

Orbotech Receives Multiple Orders from Leading Touch Screen Makers for Laser Direct Imaging Systems "Orbotech's LDI systems are used to enable the mass production of One Glass Solution ("OGS") sensors on routed cover glass, a cutting-edge touch screen application that is lighter, thinner, less expensive and more reliable than existing (multilayer) glass-based touch sensors." via MarketWatch

New Dome(R) GX Series 4 Megapixel Widescreen Color Radiology Display "NDS Surgical Imaging (NDSsi) is now shipping its new Dome(R) GX4MP radiology display, a 30-inch widescreen model offering multi-modality viewing in both color and grayscale. With resolution of 2500 x 1600, the GX4MP is ideal for reading Computed Tomography (CT) scans, MRI, PET-CT, Nuclear Medicine, Digital Pathology and Ultrasound." via MarketWatch

Sony KDL-40EX653 TV: First Test Results "Generally, sub-pixels offer wider viewing angles when aligned vertically, so in the EX653, viewing angles from the sides of the screen (which are ultimately more important) could suffer." via DigitalVersus

So, What’s The Best Screen Size For Tablet? Answer: 9″. "After trying all of that on all the three screen sizes, it became apparent that most of the tasks require bigger real estate. Reading books, emails, playing games, watching movies is relatively more pleasing on a bigger screen." via CrazyEngineers

Thursday
Aug022012

The Display Industry News Roundup for 8.2.2012

Image via The Digital Reader

Onyx Now Working on a Lighted E-ink eReader "Right now everyone is quietly anticipating Amazon releasing a frontlight-equipped Kindle, but it seems like they might be beaten to the punch by a small Chinese ereader maker. Onyx has just posted a video showing their latest prototype, and from what little I can make out in the darkened room it looks impressive." via The Digital Reader

Latest multifunction marine displays from Raymarine feature u-blox GPS (AMY-6M GPS) "Armin Böshenz, u-blox VP of Sales, EMEA, said: “Raymarine’s latest multifunction displays leverage multiple features of our leading GPS module technology, including compact size, high-sensitivity, wide operating temperature range, and immunity to RF noise. These are all important criteria when navigating at sea, and we are pleased that Raymarine has decided to partner with u-blox as their GNSS supplier.”" via electropages

iPad’s Smart Cover Might Get Its Own Flexible Display "The [patent] application, originally filed in August 2011 and made public today, describes “thin flexible display technology” which can be integrated into the cover. This secondary display, Apple believes, would “greatly enhance” the overall functionality of the tablet."" via Mashable Tech

New Patent For LCD Temperature Tolerance "Supplementing the background information on this patent, VerticalNews reporters also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: ..."The present invention provides a gate driving circuit capable of preventing a malfunction under condition of high and low temperatures."" via equities.com

MacBook Screen Cautionary Tale "The cable, coming straight out of the connector, then pushed it on top of my MacBook: Not having noticed what had happened, I closed the screen. Apparently, the glass on Apple’s new screens is really thin, because it immediately broke. ...And perhaps the thicker glass on the older MacBooks would have survived this accident. Tiny design decisions can add up." via ignore the code

19.5 million iPad panels to be shipped in 3Q12 "iPad panels are produced using a-Si TFT and oxide TFT technologies currently, and Apple will increase use of oxide TFT panels shipped by Sharp for the new iPad, the sources indicated. In addition, Apply is decreasing the proportion of total shipments of iPad panels from Samsung Electronics and increasing those from Sharp and LG Display, the sources noted." via DigiTimes

TouchSystems Integrates Award-Winning High Bright Display "The X 46 High Bright is a professional-grade, large-format display that has been designed to meet the rigors of 24/7 operation in outdoor environments. The display boasts high brightness and contrast ratios. The LCD panel has been coated with a quarter-lambda polarizing film, allowing the display to be viewed even when in direct sunlight. The display’s features make it a favorite among quick-service restaurants and the transportation industry; the display is utilized as either a drive-through menu board or an informational display." via PR.com

 

Display Alliance is published by Mass Integrated Systems, Inc., a global display distributor. We supply display panels for Digital Signage, Industrial, Military, Medical, End-of-life, Projected Capacitive Touch (PCAP), Laptops, Tablets, and more. Call us for sourcing and purchasing: (978) 465-6190

Wednesday
Aug012012

The Display Industry News Roundup for 8.1.2012

On-Lap 1302: a portable second display for laptops "Though the On-Lap 1302 display itself is rather ho-hum, you can have a two display setup wherever you go, even if you’re working out of your local library or coffee shop." via Macworld

Which do you prefer, LCD or AMOLED? "I know people who prefer AMOLED over LCD simply due to the fact that colors are more vibrant. But, I think I’m losing interest in AMOLED for that same reason. Using LCD displays, like the ones installed in the iPhone 4S or the One X, have turned me in their direction based off daily usage. I like realism, if that makes sense." via phonedog

Microsoft's Google Glass rival "Here's one crucial difference between Google's approach and Microsoft's: Google thinks the display should face your eyes, and Microsoft thinks the display should project outwards." via CNNMoney

Microsoft Research shapes future of HD displays "The 2,160-inch HD screen at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, cost $40 million. "What we're really interested in is a future where this is just wallpaper, and we can cover anything -- where this circuit here is incorporated into your wallpaper," according to the video demo." via Phys.org

Rumor: The Next iPhone Could Experience Delays Due To Limited Supply Of A Key Part Of The Screen "According to DigiTimes, several of the companies Apple relies on to produce display panels for the iPhone cannot generate enough of a profit from the new in-cell touch panels that are being used for the next iPhone. As a result, Apple's suppliers may not be able to ramp up production of these parts enough to meet the demands for the iPhone 5, which could delay shipments." via Business Insider

Tablet PC Boosts Safety and Productivity in Marine Exploration "In order to use a computer on a dive boat, it must have a sunlight-readable LCD display. The T7000's bright daylight-readable screen was well suited for use outdoors, and even in direct sunlight. During our week-long expedition we encountered a lot of bright sunshine as well as a good deal of saltwater splashing and dripping. The T7000 screen was up to the job and remained perfectly viewable under all conditions." via The Ruggedized Computing Blog

Apple MacBook AH-IPS Retina Panel Identified "Through a dismantling of the new MacBook Pro with Retina display, ifixit have identified that the panel being used appears to be an LG.Display (aka LG.Phillips) LP154WT1 (SJ)(A1) GD panel." via TFT Central

Test validates functionality of Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System II/h "The JHMCS II/h allows a pilot to aim sensors and weapons wherever he or she is looking, through the use of new head-tracking technology and a display projected onto the helmet's visor. Produced by Vision Systems International (VSI), this system provides significantly improved ergonomics and reliability, at lower cost, than VSI’s prior JHMCS system." via Defence Professionals

 

Display Alliance is published by Mass Integrated Systems, Inc., a global display distributor. We supply display panels for Digital Signage, Industrial, Military, Medical, End-of-life, Projected Capacitive Touch (PCAP), Laptops, Tablets, and more. Call us for sourcing and purchasing: (978) 465-6190

Monday
Jul302012

The Display Industry News Roundup for 7.31.2012

Image via The Wall Street Journal

Olympics Turns Stadium Audience Into Pixels "Organizers of this £27 million production, about $42 million, equipped each member of the audience with a black 10-inch paddle, dotted with nine light-up LCD squares and wired into a central computer. Packed around the oval stadium, the pixel people formed what's likely the world's largest video screen and almost certainly its first cyborg version." via The Wall Street Journal

Cerevellum Hindsight 35 Rearview Biking Computer "The device itself is essentially a 3.5-inch screen mounted to your handlebar with a cable that connects to the camera. An optional heart rate monitor and speed sensor allows for on-the-fly measurements that appear on screen as you ride." via TechCrunch

Futuristic Short Film on Head Mounted Displays

All-New 7-Inch HD LCD Production Monitor From Digital Juice Perfectly Frames The Action "Designed to be used as an external video display in a production environment, this HD LCD monitor unit allows you to step back from the camera to frame and capture the action in comfort without having to look through the camera's built-in viewfinder." via CreativeCOW

Samsung working on 11.8-inch tablet with WQXGA display "The tablet is codenamed as “P10” and is said to have a 11.8-inch display with resolution of 2560×1600 pixels." via Sammy Hub

TV and computer vendors to display new products at TICA "TICA will run from August 2-6 and will be located at Hall 1 at the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC)." via DigiTimes

Small- and Medium-Sized Display Panel Shipments Rise in May "Overall, SMD shipments in the second quarter are expected to be sluggish, with many suppliers using this time to flush outobsolete displays from inventories while increasing their stock of new and enhanced panels for the upcoming quarter.Demand for SMD panels is expected to grow in the third quarter— the active selling season — coinciding with the release ofnew consumer electronic items that use SMD displays." via iSuppli

MMD Expands Philips Digital Menu Board Series "The new Philips 47” BDL4771V features technologies to enhance the viewing experience of digital menu boards in public areas. The Philips display includes an In Plane Switching (IPS) LCD panel for vivid and rich picture quality at 1.07 billion display colors. The large color spectrum creates precise color saturation and contrast for a wider viewing angle in both portrait and landscape orientations. The IPS display technology also produces image consistency from screen to screen in multi-screen implementations. This feature is ideal for ensuring viewers can clearly read signage content from all angles among an array of displays in a menu board configuration." via Pitch Engine

Mixed Signals On iPad Panel Production "From the panel maker point of view, producing the high resolution new iPad panel to Apple’s specifications is a significant challenge with either TFT technology. A simple calculation shows that on a price-per-pixel basis, new iPad panels are significantly cheaper than iPad 2 panels, since the pixel count increased by a factor of 4 while the price premium is less than 2X (our assumption is that the price of iPad 2 panels is $55 while new iPad panels are $95)." via Display Search Blog

‘Brightest’ glasses-free 46-inch display arrives "Current digital signage almost all still use traditional 2D displays and poor content,” said Jean-Pierre van Maasakker, CEO of Zero Creative. “This way they are increasingly losing the attention of the target audience. Introducing this new level of extreme brightness combined with a glasses-free 3D image is a giant step forward for the digital out of home market.” via 3D Focus

After Google, Apple plans to launch futuristic glasses "The patent filed by Apple on January 20, 2011 reveals a new innovation by the firm that could be used to increase the pixel density of a digital display placed over someone''s eye through mechanical actuation and describes wearable video glasses that use a tiny battery, which could display video as clear as the iPhone 4S with its Retina Display." via Zeenews

"Wall Computing" has arrived "What are the implications of this technology? In the July 9 edition of Strategic News Service, Mark wrote: "For those who still don't get the magic, think of this not as gesture, pinching, multi-touch, or gesture-driven, but rather as a wall computer upon which your whole management team can work simultaneously, sharing data, accessing various company databases around the world, and making realtime decisions about responses to problems."" via KPLU

 

Display Alliance is published by Mass Integrated Systems, Inc., a global display distributor. We supply display panels for Digital Signage, Industrial, Military, Medical, End-of-life, Projected Capacitive Touch (PCAP), Laptops, Tablets, and more. Call us for sourcing and purchasing: (978) 465-6190

Friday
Jul272012

The Display Industry News Roundup for 7.27.2012

Sony sold over 10,000 TriMaster EL professional OLED monitors "Sony's OLED monitors provide a superior image quality compared to LCDs, and the cost difference is not so large because in these premium products the cost of the panel itself is a small portion of the total product cost." via OLED-Info

Did Samsung manage to produce a 350 ppi OLED panel using FMM? "One of the major advantages of current LCDs over OLED panels is the higher possible density (Apple's Retina display for example reaches 326 ppi), so this may be a huge boost for OLEDs." via OLED-Info

Touchscreen Where Physical Buttons Can Appear and Disappear

"Tactus has developed a new touchscreen where buttons can physically morph up out of what seems like flat glass, then disappear when not needed." via Core77

Neonode to Provide Touchscreen for OLPC XO-1.75 Laptop "OLPC, the parent organization that works to get educational laptops into third world schools, is going to release a new device that uses the Neonode’s touchscreen technology." via The Digital Reader

Intel to promote new panel technology at ultrabook ecosystem meeting in Taiwan "Intel has invited Taiwan-based ultrabook supply chain makers to attend an Ultrabook Ecosystem Symposium on July 31 in an attempt to propose various solutions to improve performance-cost ratios, with a focus on high-definition display panels and touch solutions including IGZO panels developed by Sharp and PenTile panels developed by Samsung Mobile Display, according to industry sources." via DigiTimes

Google Adds Touchscreen Handwriting Feature for Search

""Say you’re standing on a busy street corner, in a bumpy taxi ride, talking with a friend, or sitting on the couch with your tablet. Handwrite enables you to search by just writing letters with your finger most anywhere on your device’s screen -- there’s no keyboard that covers half of the screen and no need for hunt-and-peck typing," writes Rui Ueyama, Software Engineer at Google." via tom's hardware

Dallas Police Department’s Fusion Center Next Generation Control Room "Using the strengths of both DLP® projection and LED technology, Christie MicroTiles offer substantially brighter images and a much wider color palette than conventional flat panel LCD and plasma displays. With no practical limit to the number of tiles in a display, Christie MicroTiles produce a virtually seamless canvas with an unlimited number of super-fine pixels." via Digital Journal

 

Display Alliance is published by Mass Integrated Systems, Inc., a global display distributor. We supply display panels for Digital Signage, Industrial, Military, Medical, End-of-life, Projected Capacitive Touch (PCAP), Laptops, Tablets, and more. Call us for sourcing and purchasing: (978) 465-6190

Thursday
Jul262012

And Now For Something Completely Different...

Thursday
Jul262012

The Display Industry News Roundup for 7.26.2012

Image via 3D Focus

Volumetric 3D display based on a DLP projection prototyped "The prototype volumetric display has a resolution of 150 million voxels and is currently only able to display a monochrome image. However, it can display transparent 3D video and viewers can walk around an object to see different angles." via 3D Focus

Global display industry expected to recover in second half "So Hyun-chul, an analyst at Shinhan Investment Corp., said worldwide demand has contracted recently, but problems caused by over-supply are easing, with prices likely to remain steady or move up modestly in the second half." via The Korea Times

Apple Cannot Fulfill Demand for Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Screen "Given the fact that Apple can get enough Retina-class screens for its iPhone and iPad devices, it is hard to imagine that the company could not obtain enough 15" screens for its latest MacBook Pro. Still, given the fact that the new MBP adopts completely new system architecture with SSD storage, new type of display and new type of unibody case, manufacturing problems are likely to occur to the laptop." via Xbit Laboratories

Transparent LCD Screen that can track faces and change what the viewer sees

"The depth-sensing camera knows when you’re in front of the display, and it recognizes where in 3D space your face is. Then our software can interactively respond based on your face’s orientation." via Second Story

AUO plans to showcase large-size AMOLED panel samples by end of 2012 "AUO president Paul Peng said the AMOLED production process has been difficult but that the team developing the technology has been making breakthroughs. Peng further elaborated that the focal points for AMOLED are not solely its production process and product design, but also with upstream materials and downstream branding in order to give the technology the value it deserves." via DigiTimes

Those 27-inch IPS displays from Korea are for real "If you frequent our forums or other PC enthusiast-focused corners of the web, you may have heard the whispers about the new breed of monitors being sold in Korea under various brand names for astonishingly low prices. They sound almost too good to be true: expansive 27" displays at the formidable resolution of 2560x1440 selling for peanuts, between $300 and $400, well under half the price of a similar display from the likes of Dell." via The Tech Report

What Would You Do with a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro? "The 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro has a screen that employs 1,280 x 800 as its native resolution. That’s workable for everyday stuff, but much too small if you’re working in apps like Logic Pro or Photoshop (or frankly even GarageBand). By contrast, the 13-inch MacBook Air employs a 1,440 x 900 native screen. Why not make that the default resolution on a 13-inch Retina Pro?" via Time Techland

Wristband input could be the future of gaming "The PC-focused company isn't currently planning any groundbreaking input products, but Newell speculated about "post-touch" systems that could use hand or even tongue motions and long outlast current touch interfaces, which he sees as "short-term."" via TheVerge

Glassless 3D comes to Corporate Events "Corporate Events are proud to introduce a striking innovation in the form of glassless 3D plasma screen technology for live events. Using the latest development in stereoscopic technology, amazing depth of field and focal range can be achieved, creating a compelling audience “pull” to the content display." via Corporate Events

 

Display Alliance is published by Mass Integrated Systems, Inc., a global display distributor. We supply display panels for Digital Signage, Industrial, Military, Medical, End-of-life, Projected Capacitive Touch (PCAP), Laptops, Tablets, and more. Call us for sourcing and purchasing: (978) 465-6190

Wednesday
Jul252012

The Display Industry News Source for 7.25.2012

Image via DiagnosticImaging

Virtual Holography: The Next Step in 3D Imaging? "“Doctors have to mentally deliberate as they evaluate images and they’ll have to try to look at different views to get more information and determine if what they see is the tissue they want to evaluate,” Aguirre said. “A lot of clinically significant information gets lost by looking at 2D views of 3D anatomy.” Aguirre wants to provide is a “true 3D visualization platform” that allows a reader to see subjects as 3D objects that he or she can manipulate and interact with." via DiagnosticImaging

Apple's Wild New Patent Covers TV & Advanced 5D Technology "Today's granted patent generally relates to a new type of data entry device for computers and other electronic equipment generally in the category of digitizers and touch screens having several unique properties. It is based primarily on the electro-optical determination of temporary surface distortion caused by the physical input signal, or force, creating the distortion (e.g. a finger "touch"). ...Our report points out just some of the key areas that this patent covers." via Patently Apple

Toshiba Excite 7.7 Review: The AMOLED display is stunning "While this tablet's larger siblings sport LED backlit displays, Toshiba has outfitted the smallest of the lineup with an AMOLED display. The results are stunning. The display offers fantastic viewing angles, and screen images are crisp, even in bright  light." via TabTimes

STRATACACHE Launches Digital Menu Board Customer Experience Center "“The STRATACACHE DMB Experience Center is the ideal destination for the latest digital menu board technologies,” said Chris Riegel, STRATACACHE CEO. “We invite anyone interested in learning more about how digital signage and digital menu boards can impact their business to visit the center.”" via STRATACACHE

Expert says Google's Nexus 7 has display problem "Raymond Soneira at DisplayMate Technologies claims that while the tablet's LCD panel has much to offer, the calibration of display parameters - usually performed through firmware - is "way off", which makes images appear washed out." via panARMENIAN

Digital display system for train cars "The ‘Canopy’ is a concept that would attach to the roof of a train car to give riders a view of the outside world they’re passing. The flexible ‘e-paper’ would show passing landmarks and weather information." via psfk

London Restaurant with Digital Menu Touch Tables "One of the restaurant’s unique features are menus projected onto tabletops, allowing diners to order food and beverages interactively, to change the ambiance of their individual table, to play games and even to order up local information and services, such as booking a cab." via Contemporist

Daktronics Releases New Fuelight Series Petroleum Price Display ""The primary goal for this new series was to give the market a modern looking display with increased reliability. The combination of exceptional reliability, simple and effective design and low selling price places the Fuelight 3000 display as the undisputed value leader in the industry," said Mike Gunderson, Fuelight product manager, Daktronics, Brookings, S.D." via Digital Signage Connection

Dell launches mega powerful 3D laptop "The M4700 is a 15inch model and the higher spec M6700 is a 17” model which also features edge to edge Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 for brighter images, increased resilience, protection and 3D capability." via 3D Focus

L-3 to Provide Video Display Terminal for MC-130J "L-3 Display Systems was selected by Lockheed Martin to provide the Combat Systems Operator (CSO) Video Display Terminal (VDT) for the MC-130J. ...L-3 is designing and manufacturing the 15-inch rugged display with dual-mode night vision image system-compatible backlight technology." via Aviation Today

Acer Timeline Ultra M5 Review: Big Screen, Few Pixels "The biggest draw--and regrettably, the biggest disappointment--of the Timeline Ultra M5 is its 15.6-inch screen. ...Once you gt past its low resolution, the screen looks pretty good. Colors seemed accurate, though a bit washed out at times (especially at higher brightness settings), and off-axis viewing angles were solid." via PCWorld

 

Display Alliance is published by Mass Integrated Systems, Inc., a global display distributor. We supply display panels for Digital Signage, Industrial, Military, Medical, End-of-life, Projected Capacitive Touch (PCAP), Laptops, Tablets, and more. Call us for sourcing and purchasing: (978) 465-6190

Tuesday
Jul242012

The Display Industry News Source for 7.24.2012

Image via PC & Tech Authority

Wacom launches 24in multi-touch tablet for design pros "This 24-inch tablet is a full digital drawing board with over a billion colours on its screen ...There's a pen for drawing, but this tablet's killer app is multi-touch: you can use gestures and swipes to pan, zoom or rotate an image; or if you're creating a 3D model, you can manipulate it using your fingers." via PC & Tech Authority

Say Goodbye to the Mirasol eReader "Mirasol is one of the several revolutionary screen techs that came and went in the past few years, and like most of its competition there were hopes that it might succeed in the consumer market where Mirasol’s low-power operating costs might provide a great enough benefit to justify the high cost of making the screen." via The Digital Reader

FRAUNHOFER WORKING ON SMUDGE-FREE TOUCHSCREENS "Dr Michael Vergöhl, head of department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST in Braunschweig and head of the Fraunhofer Photocatalysis Alliance, said: "If you apply a thin coating of titanium dioxide to a glass surface such as a smartphone screen, the skin oils and fingerprints gradually disappear from the display by themselves."" via inAVate

Can the LCD panel industry rebound? "With increased competition rising in the panel sector as well, panel orders are becoming harder to come by, which is adding to panel makers' doubt about sufficient panel profits and confirming that these trends will decrease stock prices." via DigiTimes

Samsung and Corning commit to new Chinese LCD facility "While production is shifting from its Korean OLED plant to the new Chinese LCD facility, both companies will continue to manufacture both display technologies, outfitting Samsung smartphones and those of its rivals with vivid and toughened displays." via The Next Web

Multiviewers Simplify Control Room Monitoring "A multiviewer is a device that puts multiple images on a single display, and it is one of the hottest product categories in the industry today. That’s a little amusing, consider that the exact opposite of multiviewers was the trendy product about 15 years ago." via TVTechnology

Retail's Future: Touch Screen Showrooms "Of course, large airplanes can't neatly fit inside central London retail spaces. And although The Jet Business is located on a highly visible corner, admission is by appointment only. Employees and customers have access to a large suite of touch-screen-based information systems, extensive market research systems, and a custom 26-foot display screen connected to a database of the world's business jets to match luxury customers with their future private jet." via Fast Company

Broken iPod Touch: Repair or replace? "I watched a couple YouTube videos demonstrating the screen-replacement process. They made it look fairly easy, but it's not -- especially if the screen is really busted up ...Moral of the story: Unless you're really adept with tiny electronics, it probably makes sense to pay a pro to handle the repair." via C|Net

 

Display Alliance is published by Mass Integrated Systems, Inc., a global display distributor. We supply display panels for Digital Signage, Industrial, Military, Medical, End-of-life, Projected Capacitive Touch (PCAP), Laptops, Tablets, and more. Call us for sourcing and purchasing: (978) 465-6190

Monday
Jul232012

The Display Industry News Source for 7.23.2012

Image via Ultrabook News

Vizio 15.6-inch Thin + Light ultrabook review "Vizio has a history of negotiating with display manufacturers, and you can see that experience in the CT15 Thin + Light's beautiful screen. The 15.6-inch, 1080p IPS panel doesn't have incredible pixel density or a exceptional color gamut, but it is decidedly crisp and clear, blacks are noticibly deep, and the dark bezel (also see: Samsung's Series 9) can help give that screen the illusion of floating on air." via TheVerge

Microsoft looks to bring back the light pen "A light pen typically takes the form of a stylus which contains a small photoreceptor in its tip. This stylus tracks the light emitted by activated phosphor on a cathode-ray tube display - although later models work with liquid-crystal displays too - in order to figure out where on the screen the user is pointing." via bit-tech

Panel makers express concern over 2H12 panel growth "Various makers have attributed their uncertainties due to financial instabilities in Europe despite them not reporting losses in 2012 and seeing substantial growth in small- and medium-sized panel sales. ...Panel makers are planning out there strategies for the second of the year and are looking forward to orders for ultrabooks, new smart TVs and various smartphones." via DigiTimes

Vizio meets the MacBook "...the screens on the 15.6-inch Vizio models I saw were pretty stunning. No, they can't match the pixel density of the MBP Retina but they were bright (one the brightest 15-inch screens I've seen) with vibrant, rich colors." via C|Net

ETFs For The Touchscreen Revolution "Increasing competition from Samsung devices and Microsoft’s (MSFT) recently announced Surface further showcase how the touchscreen revolution is thriving on, and at the same time bolstering, innovation in the technology sector" via ETFdb

Solar Radiation on Digital Signage "The issue of solar radiation and reflections has been well studied in the vinyl siding industry as it is a common cause for product replacement. The LCD being new to outdoor environments will expereince many of the same conditions." via Flat Panel Display Blog

Korean Combat Cell Phones "Nett Warrior gives Team Leaders and Squad Leaders (and eventually each infantryman) a smart phone, perhaps still using an eyepiece as a display (attached to the helmet and flips down for use) and the smart phone/tablet touch screen to control the thing." via Strategy Page

What is IPS, and why is it desirable? "TN panels can achieve greater brightness levels than most IPS variants, and they have much faster refresh rates, which makes them better for stereoscopic 3D applications." via PC World

Friday
Jul202012

The Display Industry News Source for 7.20.2012

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Samsung to manufacture flexible AMOLED displays this quarter? "The new Youm panels will be very thin — around 0.6mm — in comparison to the current-generation which measures around 1.8mm. Although the Korean conglomerate has shown off bendable, rollable displays in the past, DDaily says that the initial production run will still be protected by inflexible glass." via TheVerge

Demand for touch panel materials increases "Touch screen panel materials such as ITO, OCA and cover lens are in high demand due to increasing tablet and smartphone shipments, according to sources. New tablet and smartphone models are being made in order to compete with Apple's new iPhone and iPad, which is causing panel makers to see a rise in both material orders and competition, said the sources." via DigiTimes

LG introduces new IPS Monitors with Cinema Screen Design and MHL! "The IPS7 series uses In-Plane Switching (IPS) panels rather than conventional Twisted Nematic (TN) technology found in most monitors. This brings advantages in picture quality and color consistency, letting users enjoy the most vivid and true-to-life colors around. The IPS7 series produces an incredibly smooth viewing experience, without the blur that often accompanies rapid motion in action scenes, sports and video games. This means less stress on the eyes, even when using the monitor for an extended period of time. With improved response times when viewing motion pictures, users can enjoy the benefit of the smoothest entertainment experience around." via Akihabara News

Is a Stampede of Big LCD Displays Approaching? "An ever-increasing number of dealers are now substituting the 80-inch TV for projector installations, motivated by client demand and a significant reduction in cost over a two-piece projection solution with motorized screen and ceiling mounts. ...As I mentioned earlier, the consumer TV business is in the tank for all but a handful of companies right now. But there is plenty of demand for commercial installation of these products either as public displays in areas with high ambient light or as replacements for two-piece front projector installations." via HDTV Magazine

Brazil stops backing Foxconn's planned display fab, wants them to make OLEDs, not LCDs "Foxconn is also the parent company of Chimei Innolux, so it has several possible sources of OLED production technology. If indeed they will decide to build a large OLED fab in Brazil, this could pave the way towards Apple's first OLED product" via OLED-Info

Journal of Radiology Inc. Signs License Agreement With Interactive Spaces For Its Technology "Interactive Spaces is a Canadian based company specializing in touchless, gesture recognition - hand and body motion enabled, multi-touch software solutions that provide an innovative new way of interfacing with consumers. This technology is rapidly becoming one of the most effective ways of engaging people in a public space – providing both entertainment and relevant information." via The Sacramento Bee

The iPad kiosk debate continues "But, I do not see iPad kiosks as the future of the kiosk world. What I think it did was to help people rethink kiosks and create new ways of building an even better interactive display. Plus, the trend in the industry is moving toward larger displays with each passing year. In the years I've been in business, I have gone from 15-inch touchscreens to 46-inch HD screens equipped with real-time interactive mapping. While iPads can offer a trendy solution, they just cannot match the eye-catching picture of large screen HD display, especially in public. The larger screens are a huge attractor to passersby, especially in heavily trafficked areas like a hospital or a mall." via Self Service World

LG Display, SNU join hands for next-generation displays The company said that the two sides will establish the LGD-SNU Cooperation Center within the university’s Research Institute of Advanced Materials to push forward in making Korea the “Mecca” of the world’s leading R&D in display. The corporate-academic center will house top engineers, researchers and professors from the university and LG Display who can work as a team to develop proprietary display technology, including organic light-emitting diode." via The Korea Herald

Nintendo Wii U: LCD Touchscreen "Wii U will offer a new controller, called the "GamePad," with a 6.2-inch LCD touchscreen that promises to eclipse traditional controller displays. The GamePad will incorporate both traditional analog sticks and touchscreen capability for a more advanced handheld gaming experience. It will also allows users to continue gaming when the TV is turned off, by viewing the game on the controller's high resolution display. GamePad specs also include motion control, camera, microphone, speakers, rumble features and a sensor bar." via Stack Gamer

Audi Opens Car-Free Digital Showroom

Music Box Powered By iPad Screen

Aware Bear Computers Now Repairs Apple iPhone 4 and 4s Shattered Screens Broken LCDs and Cracked Digitizers in the Greater Rochester, NY Area "Aware Bear Computers charges $70 to replace a cracked or broken front glass on the Apple iPhone 4 or iPhone 4s. Not all models allow us to replace just the damaged glass; the newer Apple iPhones require the replacement of the whole front assembly, since the glass and LCD are glued together. The in store flat rate charge to replace the whole screen assembly is $130. This is a great way for people to save money and avoid paying over $650+ on a new Apple phone when purchased at full retail price” Mentions Andre Leite Alves from Aware Bear Computers." via PRWeb

 

Display Alliance is published by Mass Integrated Systems, Inc., a global display distributor. We supply display panels for Digital Signage, Industrial, Military, Medical, End-of-life, Projected Capacitive Touch (PCAP), Laptops, Tablets, and more. Call us for sourcing and purchasing: (978) 465-6190

Thursday
Jul192012

The Display Industry News Source for 7.19.2012

Old Airport Dot Boards Go On Steroids, Get Interactive "A Brooklyn-based interactive team called Breakfast has used the electromagnetic fot ticker boards that you may have seen at rail stations and airports and turned them into fully interactive windows." via Sixteen-Nine

Smartphone Shoppers Prefer Larger Displays "T-Mobile cited this survey as one reason behind its recent decision to offer the Samsung Galaxy Note, a "phablet" that has a 5.3-inch display with 800 x 1280 pixels. T-Mobile says the larger display makes "enjoying HD content and getting work done easier than ever."" via InformationWeek

The Exceptional iMac G4: Ten years later "With the launch of the flat-panel iMac G4, Steve Jobs declared, “The CRT is officially dead.” But the transition had already been underway: less than a year earlier, in May 2001, Apple had phased out its last modular CRT display, the 17in Apple Studio Display. By early 2002, the original iMac G3 remained the only CRT-bearing Mac left in Apple’s inventory. Interestingly, Apple backpedalled a bit with the release of the eMac (also launched in 2002), which relied on a CRT monitor to keep costs down for educational customers. But after that, it was flat panels or nothing for Apple." via Macworld

Digital Signage Viewpoint: Is the Sun Rising or Setting on LCD Display Sales? "Global shipments of flat panel LCD displays used for digital signage and other public display applications declined in the fourth quarter of 2011, marking the first sequential quarterly decline in three years, according to recently released data from NPD DisplaySearch, a global research and consulting firm specializing in the display supply chain. The decline comes after a two-year period of impressive growth for the public display (also called the "large flat panel display") category. Between 2009 and 2011, this market segment witnessed 65 percent growth in unit volume production, the display market research and analysis firm said." via AV-iQ

Sony’s First Ultrabook Targets the Budget-Conscious "The Vaio T has a 13.3-inch display with a 1,366 by 768 pixel resolution. Colors looked a bit dull, and pictures and videos weren’t overly bright or sharp. The lower resolution also means you have to scroll a bit more to see what’s onscreen, but you do get a decent-size touchpad that supports multitouch gestures to help you navigate various pages and switch between tasks. It worked well in my tests as I was able to return to the desktop by swiping down on the touchpad with four fingers and move between Web pages and photos by swiping left or right with three fingers." via All Things D

Intel working on touch-enabled ultrabooks "Chip maker Intel is powering full steam ahead on its ultrabook vision with more than 140 ultrabooks powered by its Ivy Bridge chipset in the works - up from the 110 it said it was working on in May. Of those, 40 will be touch-enabled ultrabooks sporting both a qwerty keyboard and a touch-sensitive display, said Intel CEO Paul Otellini during the company’s recent investor call." via Hindustan Times

Samsung's 75-inch ES9000 flagship smart LCD TV coming to US for $9,999 in August "Samsung is focusing on its luxurious design with a 0.31-inch curved bezel that's clad in a seamless "rose-gold-colored" finish and features a hidden, pop-up webcam. No word yet on detailed specifications, but it has local LED backlighting and is said to have the highest contrast ratio of any Samsung smart TV to-date." via TheVerge

How 3D TVs and other displays work "It isn’t too hard to appreciate how a camera with two lenses is able to record the two (left-eye and right-eye) images necessary for 3D. What’s much more difficult is designing a viewing system that ensures that each eye sees only one of those two images. Over the years countless types of stereoscopic display have been devised." via PC Advisor

Use capacitive sensing to Implement reliable liquid level sensing "Capacitive sensing technology has become the primary technology underlying touch interfaces.  However, capacitive sensing is not limited to creating dynamic buttons and sliders on different appliances for the user interface. There are numerous applications where capacitive sensing can replace traditional ways of implementing specific functions like liquid level sensing, humidity sensing, and sensing of metallic objects. This article will discuss how to implement liquid level measurement using capacitive sensing technology." via EE Times

Projected capacitive touch - ITO layout evolution "As one after another handheld consumer electronics gadgets such as tablets and smartphones emerges in the market, touch panel technology, with its capability to enable smaller devices, lower manufacturing cost and intuitive user experience on small screens, is no longer confined to conventional industrial/commercial applications like kiosks, KTV jukeboxes, machines at production lines, POS and ATM. It is gradually replacing traditional keyboard/mouse as the major interface for man-machine communication and interaction on personal devices. DisplaySearch forecasts that global touch control module shipment will reach 1.4 billion units by 2015 with a revenue totaling US$9 billion. Japan's Fuji Keizai also estimates that by 2016, the market will grow 110.5% from 2011 with a total output at JPY775.3 billion." via DigiTimes

Prime View, Hydis License FFS Display Technology to Sharp "Industry executives pointed out that Sharp needs the licensing to win Apple’s contracts to make Apple iTVs. Apple has applied the technology to iPads and iTVs. ...Liu estimated FFS application will extend beyond smartphones and tablet PCs to laptops and TVs soon." via CENS

In Easy Steps: How to replace the broken iPhone 4/4S screen "Though the back can be removed easily by letting loose two screws and sliding open the cover. However, the screen, as it goes with Apple products, is a  work cut out for a patient and tech-savvy person. But it is not to say that the task is impossible." via News Pakistan

N-trig Single-Chip Solution Brings Pen and Multi-Touch Computing to the Small Screen "While competing solutions require either two sensors or multiple chips to support pen and multi-touch, N-trig is the first company to offer both on a single chip and a single sensor, providing device manufacturers with a compact, low-power solution and paving the way for N-trig to enter the handheld market. The newest DuoSense chipset is optimized for a variety of screen sizes, ranging from 5" handhelds to 11" tablets, and offers an Analog-IC that allows for support of up to 15.6" portable PCs." via MarketWatch

 

Display Alliance is published by Mass Integrated Systems, Inc., a global display distributor. We supply display panels for Digital Signage, Industrial, Military, Medical, End-of-life, Projected Capacitive Touch (PCAP), Laptops, Tablets, and more. Call us for sourcing and purchasing: (978) 465-6190

Wednesday
Jul182012

The Display Industry News Source for 7.18.2012

Image via Time Techland / MICHAEL NAGLE / GETTY IMAGES

Next-Gen iPhone Will Have A Thinner, Higher Quality Display "According to the report, LCD makers such as Sharp and Japan Display (which comprises Toshiba, Hitachi, and Sony as well as LG Display) are mass producing panels that use something called “in-cell technology”, which should make the display itself thinner." via TechCrunch

5 Benefits of a Thinner iPhone with In-Cell Display Technology "If the WSJ‘s “people familiar with the matter” are reliable and Apple is indeed shifting to “in-cell” display tech, here’s a breakdown of the benefits from both consumer and manufacturing standpoints." via Time Techland

LG Display employees charged with stealing OLED tech from Samsung "We previously heard that OLED technology was being secretly sold to "a rival local firm," but Samsung now characterizes the incident by saying that LG "systematically stole its display technology and poached Samsung employees."" via TheVerge

Looks Now Kill In Kuwait "The JHMCS allows a pilot to see critical flight and navigation information displayed on his visor. Sort of like a see-through computer monitor or Head Up Display. Most importantly, the pilot can turn their head towards a target, get an enemy aircraft into the crosshairs displayed on the visor, and fire a missile that will promptly go after target the pilot was looking at." via Strategy Page

China panel makers form OLED alliance "China-based panel makers such as Visionox and Changhong along with many others have formed an OLED industry alliance in order to boost AMOLED TV sales as well as to stay competitive with Korea-, Taiwan-, and Japan-based OLED makers in the panel industry. Sources said China-based panel makers feel AMOLED is the next wave of panel technology and that it will be used as the standard for portable media players, digital cameras and picture frames, portable gaming devices and tablets in the future." via DigiTimes

Google’s hybrid convertible touchscreen notebook "The patent filing occurred right at the end of 2010 but has only recently been published by the US Patent and Trademark office. It does look a little unwieldy and clunky compared to new flexible tablet systems we saw at Computex this year from the likes of Acer, MSI and ASUS not to mention the slick Microsoft Surface which was recently unveiled." via Hexus

Densitron launches new PMOLED modules with long lifetime (up to 150,000 hours) "They are also offering PMOLED in different colors, and they say that their OLED panels lifetime is now three times longer than it was when they were first introduced." via OLED-Info

Chipworks Analysis: Atmel’s MXT 540E Touch-Screen Controller "Given the extremely competitive nature of touch-screen controller ICs, Atmel offers no data sheets or major performance parameter data on the E-series, and it only provides a brief product summary on the MXT224. But a Chipworks analysis shows that about 41% of the MXT540E’s die consists of analog circuitry. The rest comprises digital circuitry for the processor, memory, and I/O circuitry." via Electronic Design

You can check out The Smarter Glass Group (http://smarterglass.com/) for Projected Capacitive Touch solutions.

Smartphones, Tablets Drive Touchscreen Market "Smartphones and tablets will help push touchscreen revenue to $16 billion this year, according to NPD DisplaySearch. Mobile phones are the primary product for touchscreens, accounting for about 75 percent of the screens shipped overall in 2011. NPD DisplaySearch expects 1.2 billion touchscreens will ship into the mobile phone market this year, up 68 percent from 2011." via Twice

FlatFrog Announces Development of Multitouch 3200 Interactive Display "The FlatFrog Multitouch 3200 uses an advanced optical in-glass multi-touch technology (PSD) developed and patented by FlatFrog Laboratories. Light is injected inside the top glass pane and scatters wherever the top surface is touched. This scattering effect is detected, and positions of several simultaneous touches are determined. The FlatFrog Multitouch 3200 is able to track 40 simultaneous touches at sub pixel accuracy, far beyond the capabilities of most competing solutions, the company said. Unlike some other touch technologies, the FlatFrog Multitouch 3200 can also be used with gloves and pens." via Digital Signage Connection

Concept Vending Machine With See-through Display

Billy Mays Would Be Proud

 

Display Alliance is published by Mass Integrated Systems, Inc., a global display distributor. We supply display panels for Digital Signage, Industrial, Military, Medical, End-of-life, Projected Capacitive Touch (PCAP), Laptops, Tablets, and more. Call us for sourcing and purchasing: (978) 465-6190

Monday
Jul162012

The Display Industry News Source for 7.16.2012

Image via Toronto Sun / REUTERS / Kim Hong-Ji / Files

The brave new world of tomorrow’s tablets "Professor Zhenan Bao’s team at Stanford has developed stretchable, super-sensitive and solar-powered “electronic skin,” or sensors that can feel a touch as light as that of a fly. One of its obvious applications is in touchscreens, and Bao said the research has generated a lot of inquiries from companies. “Right now there is a lot of interest in having sensors in the screen that can have pressure input for the touchscreen,” Bao said. “Companies are also basically looking for replacement material for the current silicon that is cheaper and compatible with plastic substrate but has the same performance level.”" via Toronto Sun

LG Display Working On 60" Flexible OLED Display "Outside of making dreams come true in the HDTV industry, it'll also be used (potentially, anyway) as "a window displaying information at bus stations, aquariums and retail stores." When you think about those types of applications, the sky really is the limit." via HotHardware

Samsung wants LG to admit to alleged OLED tech leak "Samsung says the leak will make them lose “trillions of won” and accused LG Display of orchestrating the leak at the corporate level." via SammyHub

Audi launches largest digital showroom "Promising a fully multichannel experience, the store offers any passerby wishing to browse the 36 models on offer the chance to do so via four multi-touch tables and two screens installed within the new showroom. ...This idea for a new format of customer service is based on the fact that 90 per cent of automobile consumers will make a final purchase decision through the internet, according to Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management for Marketing and Sales at Audi AG." via Retail Gazette

Glass enabling future touch technology "For projective capacitive touch, according to Hollis, the conventional discrete touch module needs an extra ayer of glass with both sides pattenred with ITO. But now the OGS integrates the touch sensor and cover class into one to do without the thickness of an extra sheet of glass. This not only reduces weight but also simplifies the materials and manufacturing process to decrease panel thickness. It enhances light transmission, and the production process is streamlined." via DigiTimes / Corning

You can check out The Smarter Glass Group (http://smarterglass.com/) for Projected Capacitive Touch solutions.

Do you use screen protectors to preserve your smartphone's display? "Without the capacitive digitizer and large, beautiful, pixel-packed display, smartphones of today would hardly be as exciting, entertaining or useful. We would all be stuck in the era of BlackBerry and left using non-smart styluses on our Windows Mobile devices. Protecting that big, delicate slab of glass covering your smartphone's display is vital. Break or ruin that and you could render your device useless." via PhoneDog

Apple's next retina display could be a TV "Talking to CNET, Soneira said, ""My... theory is that color consistency and accuracy among all Apple devices is more important for Apple than Retina Display resolution and will be the strategic basis for the eventual launch of an Apple Television,"" via TechRadar

MacBook Retina Repairs Now Available at MyService "Similar to the newer models of MacBook Air, the LED panel is not available separately. This means that to replace a cracked or damaged screen, the entire upper section will need to be replaced. The cost of the replacement will vary depending on the issue. If the screen is physically damaged or suffered from a liquid spill, the replacement cost will be higher than if the screen suffers from a component failure outside of the warranty period. If the unit is undamaged and still under the Apple warranty, the upper section can be replaced under AppleCare at no charge. MyService can perform both in and out-of-warranty upper section replacements." via MyService

"A Weak Display Week?" "It seems that the sector, or at least what the show represented as the ‘face’ of the sector, is now more about the maturing of technologies, with awards, for example, for best panel from LG, best P-CAP touch sensor from Occular and Samsung’s latest OLED display. Conversation was just as likely to be about achieving economies of scale, better ways to manufacture or the trend for vertical integration of the manufacturing chain rather than the unveiling of lots of revolutionary product technology or innovative applications and GUI approaches using the technology." via andersDX

Sci-fi tech coming to a classroom near you "Judy Kay, Professor of Computer Science at the university and a principal in the Computer Human Adapted Interaction team, has been developing software for interactive tabletops and wall displays. She described the touch screen technology as ''more egalitarian'' than interactive whiteboards, encouraging collaborative learning as users solve problems together. Ultimately she sees the tabletops becoming part of students' ''personal digital ecosystems'', complementing smartphones, tablets and laptops in the classroom." via The Sydney Morning Herald

Booming Industries: Digital Signage Solutions for the Healthcare Industry "Medical offices and hospitals alike have begun implementing LCD displays in high-visibility areas to provide up-to-the-minute wait times, registration information, way-finding directions and even public safety alerts. These advanced displays can reduce patient anxiety, manage expectations and efficiently save time by eliminating repetitive questions from patients. Some hospitals have even implemented displays in individual rooms to communicate more efficiently with patients." via Panasonic for Business Blog

 

Display Alliance is published by Mass Integrated Systems, Inc., a global display distributor. We supply display panels for Digital Signage, Industrial, Military, Medical, End-of-life, Projected Capacitive Touch (PCAP), Laptops, Tablets, and more. Call us for sourcing and purchasing: (978) 465-6190

Friday
Jul132012

The Display Industry News Source for 7.13.2012

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Vizio retakes lead in US LCD TV market; Samsung maintains overall TV dominance ""Samsung is very well positioned, not just in the US LCD TV segment, but also globally in all TV technologies, including plasma and emerging displays like AMOLED," Morrod said. "Overall, Samsung is the world's leading brand, and its scale and scope mean that it can always compete in markets such as the US. Samsung is also very well-positioned at the top end of the market, which has helped it generate profits over several years."" via DigiTimes

‘Spintronic’ OLED promises brighter displays "Physicists at the University of Utah have invented a new 'spintronic' oled which they say promises to be brighter, cheaper and more environmentally friendly than current leds. "It's a completely different technology," said distinguished professor of physics Z Valy Vardeny." via New Electronics

Chief turning digital displays interactive ""Customers have expressed excitement about the simplicity of converting a select flat panel into an interactive display, the intuitiveness of the software — it just works — and the ability to share a common platform," said Derek Derks, Chief's business development manager. "I'm most excited about the possibilities for our partners to create powerful interactive meeting and training spaces that are accessible for everyone."" via Digital Signage Today

E Ink, Sharp sign patent cross-licensing deal "As part of the deal, E Ink and Sharp will use some of their respective patented technologies in return for licensing fees, such as LCD (liquid crystal display) and TFT (thin-film transistor) technologies, the report said. It will also help both companies focus on the development of their businesses, it added." via ZDNet

Samsung Galaxy OLED Display Technology Shoot-Out Galaxy S I – Galaxy S II – Galaxy S III "Not surprisingly, all new display technologies initially start near the back of the pack in performance compared to the established and more refined products – IPS LCDs in this particular case. Not surprisingly, the Google Nexus One came in last place in our Smartphone Display Shoot-Out. But six months later the Samsung Galaxy S I did a lot better and we gave it a Display Mate Best Video Hardware Award for the Best New Display Technology. In this Shoot-Out we will examine in-depth the display performance of the three Galaxy S generations to see how OLEDs have been evolving and improving over time. This article will be a combination of objective praise and critical analysis of OLED displays." via DisplayMate

Competing Display Technologies Chipping Away at Plasma Display Panel (PDP) Filters Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. "With the advent of the digital age, change in digital signal transmission, and increase in popularity of broadband network, the television market worldwide is experiencing a drastic shift in terms of display technology, which has resulted in the rise of the Flat Panel Display (FPD) TV market. At present, the chief display technologies that exist in the television sector include Cathode-Ray Tube (CRT), Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), Plasma (PDP), Light Emitting Diode (LED), Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED), and Projection." via SFGate

Developments in Autostereoscopic Display Technologies Drives the 3D Enabled Smartphones Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. "Already feeling the trickling down effects of the 3D revolution is the growing popularity of the use of the technology in mobile electronic devices as evidenced by the heavy influx of new electronic devices with 3D displays. 3D display technologies have struck a hidden goldmine and those capable of providing a stereoscopic perception of 3D depth is poised to spiral in popularity" via Virtual-Strategy Magazine

 

Display Alliance is published by Mass Integrated Systems, Inc., a global display distributor. We supply display panels for Digital Signage, Industrial, Military, Medical, End-of-life, Projected Capacitive Touch (PCAP), etc. Call us for sourcing and purchasing: (978) 465-6190

Thursday
Jul122012

The Display Industry News Source for 7.12.2012

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Sony's 25" Full-HD medical -grade OLED monitor now shipping "Sony announced today that the Trimaster EL PVM-2551MD (announced back in September 2011) is now shipping. The PVM-2551MD is a 25" Full-HD monitor for the medical industry. It uses the same panel used in Sony's professional HD monitors (such as the recently announced BVM-F250). The panel is the first OLED panel to get an FDA approval for use in surgery." via OLED-Info

Microsoft Acquiring Perspective Pixel Inc. Means Huge TouchScreens To Be Future WhiteBoards "Jeff Han, the founder of PPI who pioneered the multi-touch technology,has made PPI sell 27-inch, 55-inch, and 82 inch multi-touch displays. With this acquisition, Microsoft is trying to rove its feet deeper into the hardware field following the launch of its Surface tablet. We might soon see Microsoft’s Mega TouchScreens used in educational institutes and offices as whiteboards." via CrazyEngineers

The iPad Mini-The iPad Enterprises Have Been Waiting For "CIOs won't care if the screen is smaller or not Retina-enabled. It will be good enough for enterprise apps, while just bad enough to discourage workers from turning it into their primary gaming machine. A lower-res screen also means requires fewer bits sent and received over the network - key when you're on a 3G data plan. It also means longer battery life - again key for field service, salespeople and other out-of-office workers." via ZDNet

Forget glasses: MIT’s new 3D technology works with just your naked eyes “Holography works, it’s beautiful, nothing can touch its quality,” says Douglas Lanman, a postdoc at the Media Lab. “The problem, of course, is that holograms don’t move. To make them move, you need to create a hologram in real-time, and to do that, you need … little tiny pixels, smaller than anything we can build at large volume at low-cost. So the question is, what do we have now? We have LCDs. They’re incredibly mature, and they’re cheap.” via Demas Capital Partners Blog

Alliances increase between China-based TV vendors and panel makers "These alliances have been and will continue to be win-win situations for both vendors and panel makers as global competition has been increasing. Various TV vendors have said that competition with value-added products such as high-end LED TVs that have social functions can no longer be the only basis for competition in the market; rather, making alliances in the supply chain will be even a larger factor." via DigiTimes

 

Display Alliance is published by Mass Integrated Systems, Inc., a global display distributor. We supply display panels for Digital Signage, Industrial, Military, Medical, End-of-life, Projected Capacitive Touch (PCAP), etc. Call us for sourcing and purchasing: (978) 465-6190

Wednesday
Jul112012

The Display Industry News Source for 7.11.2012

New Wacom Cintiqs Paint a Pretty Picture "Tailored around the increasing demands of creative professionals, Wacom® announces two new members of the Cintiq® family of interactive pen displays, the Cintiq 24HD touch and Cintiq 22HD. Artists and designers now have two new options for working directly on screen. As with the Cintiq 24HD, Wacom's latest Cintiqs feature best-in-class widescreen HD displays, ultra-wide viewing angles and premium color performance.  To give professional artists and designers enhanced focus on their work and creativity, Wacom introduces the powerful combination of a precision pen and natural multi-touch. With the addition of these models to the Cintiq lineup, anyone, from freelance industrial designers sketching in a small studio to Hollywood animators creating the next blockbuster movie, can find a Cintiq that best fits their workflow." via Reuters

Microsoft Buys Touch Screen Manufacturer Perceptive Pixel "“PPI’s large touch displays, when combined with hardware from our OEMs, will become powerful Windows 8-based PCs and open new possibilities for productivity and collaboration,” Microsoft Office division boss Kurt DelBene says." via HardwareCanucks

Microsoft Becomes a Display Maker: A New Vista for the Display Industry "The second question is will any of Microsoft's potential competitors respond by purchasing their own touch panel companies or maybe even other display technologies. As the marketing emphasis of new devices is increasingly wrapped around what kind of display the device has, will the major hardware OEMs or others in the market be content to buy common technology from display companies or will they want to own either the IP or or the supply chain to grant them unique competitive advantage." via Flat Panel Display Blog

Transparent displays gaining more attention from display makers "Since Samsung released its 46-inch transparent LCD touch screen display that has a contrast ratio of 4,500:1 with resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels and a 70% color gamut, it has revolutionized the way consumers will be able to interact with display screens, said sources. Sources said the displays could be used in a variety of ways such as for jewelry displays, freezer displays and vending machines etc., and will increase the ways LCD screens can be used in the future." via DigiTimes

Plastic Logic: Offering true display flexibility "Founded by researchers at Cambridge University’s Cavendish Laboratory in 2000, Plastic Logic is a leader in plastic electronics and has devoted its resources to the development of organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) technology. OTFT allows for the placement of electronics on increasingly thin, flexible electro-phoretic sheets made of rugged, durable plastic." via Manufacturing Digital

The Display Manufacturing Line at Plastic Logic's Dresden facility

Frost predicts sharp rise in in-car displays "The researchers predicted that the market for central displays in Europe alone will more than double to 9.5 million units by 2017 from 4 million units last year. In North America, the market will almost triple to 6 million units from 2.3 million units last year. ...Frost said the growing infotainment needs of drivers will also change the design of in-car screens. Drivers need, “large and intelligent information display systems,” to show all the content that’s available in the car, said Frost & Sullivan analyst Krishna Jayaraman." via Automotive IT

i-Pad-like capacitive touchscreen technology may be coming soon to an airline flight deck near you "Touchscreen technology isn't new for the most modern aircraft. The F-35 joint strike fighter, in fact, has touchscreen technology in the cockpit provided by Barco, but it's infrared touchscreen technology so that it works reliably with a gloved hand. Infrared touchscreens are out of the price ranges of most avionics designers. Capacitive touchscreen technology, however, is not." via Avionics Intelligence

The iPad: A Game-changer for the Digital Signage Industry? ""In just a few months' time," said Hintze, "we have worked with customers putting Android tablets into taxis, iPads as point-of-sale, conference room signage, kiosks for hotel concierges and payment terminals at retail stores. We will be highlighting many of these use cases as we continue to demonstrate the many ways tablets can be used beyond personal computing devices."" via Digital Signage Connection

Airbus develops electronic flight bag apps for iPad-wielding pilots ""By combining our EFB content with the world's most versatile mobile digital device, the iPad, airline pilots will be able to optimise aircraft performance in the palm of their hand, while obtaining savings in cost, weight, and time," said Airbus' Didier Lux. In addition to developing the apps, Airbus is now also adopting the iPad as a part of its Flight Test and Training Department, which will be using Apple's tablet as "standard practice from now on."" via The Verge

Are Wearables the Next Wave of Computing? "Display output is the most industry-confused part of the wearable equation.  The industry is confused on this because they are not thinking beyond today’s odd-looking Google Glass’s glasses form factor.  Over time, this display technology will be integrated as an option into your favorite’s brand of designer glasses. You will not be able to tell what are regular glasses and ones used for wearables.  Contact lenses are being reworked as well.  Prototypes already exist for contact lenses that work as displays, so like all emerging tech, will make it into the mainstream over time.  The final, yet most important aspect to the wearable display is that every display within viewing distance will be a display.  Based on advancements in wireless display technology and the prevalence of displays everywhere, your wearable will display data in your car, your office, the bathroom mirror, your TV, your refrigerator…… pretty much everywhere." via Tech.pinions

 

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Monday
Jul092012

The Display Industry News Source for 7.9.2012

Image via Digital Signage Connection

New Research Highlights Retailer Use of Digital Signage and Other New Technologies "A net 63 percent of retailers expect to increase IT spending in 2012 with the remaining 37 percent planning to cut back or hold the line. Large retailers expect to boost IT spending the most — 4.8 percent, on average. For all firms, the planned average increase is 4.2 percent. New developments in the areas of digital signage, social engagement, mobility, payment processing and other areas haven given retailers new tools and capabilities and, in some cases, challenges. One in three retailers currently use digital signage, with an additional 20 percent intending to do so soon, according to the CompTIA survey. Sales and promotional announcements and other direct engagement with customers are the most popular uses, cited by 71 percent of respondents." via Digital Signage Connection

Pilot of the future: U.S. Army gets wearable tech for the battlefield "If you happen to be in Farnborough, London, this week, you'll be able to see a demo of an Army pilot geared in the latest in wearable military technology -- a portable computing device that fits in a pocket and a display panel that can be strapped to a soldier's wrist. The entire Aviation Warrior (yes, that's what it is called) system -- which includes a helmet equipped with a flip-down viewing monocle and taps into the cockpit's digital display -- may seem like something that belongs in Battlestar Galatica, but it is no prop. Created by the Raytheon Company, the system provides access to important tools that help Army helicopter pilots maintain "situational awareness," according to the makers. "He can see where the good guys are and where the bad guys are," Todd Lovell, the chief engineer for Raytheon's technical services branch, put it simply when explaining part of what the technology does. ...The company has already outfitted older planes with a digital center display unit, replacing the analog dials of the past. The helmet -- with its display monocle -- connects into the center display unit, allowing pilots to see all the information provided by the unit without looking down at the display." via C|Net

Indonesia's Nexian launches a mobile phone with a 2.4" transparent OLED

Image via OLED-Info

"OLEDNet says that the OLED panel is made by Neoview Kolon. That's the first time we hear of NK actually producing transparent panels. They have been showing prototypes for a while though, including 2.4" panels indeed. It may also be that this is a panel made by Futaba, who's been producing 2.4" transparent PMOLEDs for a while." via OLED-Info

Amazon’s Next Kindle Fire Will Ship in Q3 With Improved Display "And, more importantly, developers familiar with the device have been instructed to build their apps for a display with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, which is a bit different than the 1024 x 600 display of the current Kindle Fire. Not only will that apparently make it sharper and more vibrant, it will give it a different aspect ratio, as well. In other words, the display has an entirely new width-to-height ratio. “The really interesting thing here is that the screen shape is changing slightly: From an aspect ratio of 1.71 (tall and narrow in its standard Portrait mode) to an aspect ratio of 1.60,” DisplayMate President Raymond Soneira told AllThingsD, when asked about what that means. Notably, that’s a fairly common aspect ratio in the tablet market. The 10.1-inch Toshiba Thrive and the Acer Iconia tablets both use 1280 x 800 displays. So, too, does Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet. And while raising the Fire’s resolution from 1024 x 600 to 1280 x 800 might not sound like a much of an increase, Soneira said it is an improvement. “That’s a 67 percent increase in total pixels, and it is visually significant,” he said. “It gives the display a PPI (pixels per inch) of 216.” That’s a pixel density 29 percent greater than that of the current Kindle Fire, which should improve visual clarity and image crispness. So, how will that increase in resolution affect the new Kindle Fire’s battery life or its overall design? Not all that much, apparently. Said DisplaySearch senior analyst Richard Shim, “The increase in pixel density isn’t as drastic as it was in the 1024 x 768 iPad 2 to 2048 x 1536 new iPad, so it’s less likely to significantly alter battery life or thickness.”" via All Things D

Which is Better? IPS vs. Non-IPS, LCD vs. Plasma, Glare vs. Non-Glare "At one point in time, it seemed that it would be too difficult to make and LCD much larger than about 40" whereas plasma screens, due to their larger sized pixels, were inherently big. However, as the industry has gotten better at making LCDs, there is now no difference in their availability in large sizes. but there is still a cost difference with Plasmas generally being cheaper in the same size. Plasma also has better response times and better off-axis brightness and contrast. Plasma's downsides are that the multiple layers of glass tend to produce greater reflections in a bright environment. The surface reflections can be combated with anti-glare coatings at additional cost. Plasmas also generally take more energy to run and plasmas used to suffer from an image burn in problem (leaving the same image on the screen for too long caused a semi-permanent residual image). The burn in problem is no longer an issue with the newer screens but the energy issue largely remains." via Flat Panel Display Blog

APPLE DITCHES EPEAT "I’m typing this post on a 17-inch MacBook Pro with the non-matte cover glassed LCD. The design is pleasing to my eyes, but functionally there are problems. First, glare. It’s distracting and I don’t like it. Second, the cover glass is not optically bonded to the LCD so there is an air gap. Well guess what, dust get trapped in there and when that happens it is irritating. The air gap also leads to light refraction and reflection that adds to the visual imperfections. Third, the cover glass adds weight and thickness. Apple took care of most of these problems with the retina 15-inch MacBook Pro. First, glare. It’s still there but there’s less of it. Second, Apple eliminated the cover glass and integrated the bezel into the top layer of the LCD itself. Other things that got eliminated along with the cover glass: air gap, trapped dust, refraction, reflection. Third, no cover glass means lighter and thinner. Fantastic, isn’t it? Not if you’re EPEAT or iFixit. Kyle Wiens, iFixit:" via Display Blog

NOVALED SIGN A STRATEGIC COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH SAMSUNG MOBILE DISPLAY "NOVALED has sign a licensing and purchase agreement with Samsung Mobile Display. As part of the agreement, SMD has committed to purchase dopant materials used in the transport layers of its AMOLED display modules from Novaled for several years. In addition, Novaled will provide its proprietary PIN OLED® technology to SMD for use in the production of SMD’s AMOLED display modules. Novaled has developed several doping and transport materials that can be used in OLEDs to further enhance the advantanges of Novaled’s PIN OLED® technology. As a result, these OLEDs have very low driving voltage and high substrate compatibility, while maintaining high power efficiency and long lifetime. “Novaled materials are designed to deliver customer benefits, especially for mass-produced devices. Our latest agreement with SMD is further proof of our strong position in the research and development of OLED technologies and materials designed to enhance the performance of OLED products,” said Gildas Sorin, CEO of Novaled. “It also confirms our strategy to build successful and long-lasting business relationships with leading OLED display and lighting manufacturers.”" via OLED-Display

Rockwell Collins and Boeing to Bring New Flight Deck to 757/767 Aircraft "The all-new 757 and 767 flight deck features the following technologies:

-- Comprehensive electronic flight instrument and engine indicating crew alerting advanced flight display system featuring three large-format, landscape displays which provide significantly higher levels of situational awareness and reliability. Each display provides two independently controlled display windows to replace six cathode ray tube displays and numerous analog instruments.

-- Advanced NextGen communication and surveillance systems - with optimized viewing on the advanced displays -- provisions for future airspace modernization around the globe, including ADS-B In applications, controller-pilot datalink, airport taxi maps, and surface guidance.

-- Additionally, Rockwell Collins will offer an Integrated Head-up Guidance System (HGS(TM)) with future SVS capability for improved situation awareness, more efficient operations through all phases of flight, including departures and approaches in low-visibility conditions, thunderstorm diversion, and quick, at-a-glance flight path monitoring." via MarketWatch

Friday
Jul062012

The Display Industry News Source for 7.6.2012

Image via TechCrunch

Olympus Yells “Me Too!” With The MEG4.0 Wearable Display Prototype "Watch out, Google. Here comes Olympus with the MEG4.0 and don’t dismiss this as a Google Glass knockoff. Olympus has been researching and developing wearable displays for more than 20 years. The MEG4.0 concept, and with that, its eventual production counterpart, has been a long time coming and could be a serious competitor in the space. ...However, much like Google, Olympus is not revealing the user interface yet. If the MEG4.0 is to be a success, the interface, and more importantly, the depth of the information available needs to be as mature as Google Glass. Price and availability was not announced." via TechCrunch

Google Glasses, Whistling Past the Graveyard "Near to Eye devices are always problematic for several reasons. First, a good portion of the population still wears glasses and these folk can not use the device without some sort of vision correction oriented around a very very short focal length and therefore not suitable for general wear. Second, even for those without the need for corrective lenses, the strain of focusing your eyes on something less than an inch away is always taxing. Third, especially for those near to eye glasses that attempt to produce 3D, a very significant portion of the population have issues with their 3D vision. These glasses frequently cause headaches. In my opinion, near to eye (as with autosteroscopic 3D) needs a holographic solution." via Flat Panel Display Blog

HP Wins Patent For See Through Display Screen

"First lodged in 2006 the patent describes using light-reflective slats to display images produced by a computer on a transparent screen while also allowing light from behind the device to shine through. HP acknowledges that alternative see-through technology using angled half-silvered mirrors is already used by TV broadcasters in teleprompters to allow newsreaders to see text superimposed over camera lenses. ...This could be a "chart, picture or other image," they wrote, "For example [the] see-through display may be placed upon a map so as to provide an observer with a navigation route." They added that it might be advantageous to make such screens flexible so that they could be rolled away for storage." via Smarthouse

Fat Thumb Recognizes Your Oversized Digits, Lets You Multitouch Zoom With One Finger

"Six researchers from the Interactions Lab at the University of Calgary have developed a new touchscreen interaction technique called Fat Thumb. This extra bit of touchscreen software tracks your thumb’s contact size as a form of simulated pressure, allowing you to navigate and perform multi-touch gestures with a single finger. ...A Fat Thumb system could make it much easier and more comfortable to use touchscreens. But, more importantly, a touchscreen interface that can distinguish between your finger’s nail, tip, and pad could open whole new subset of single-touch interactions." via PCWorld

Latest Rumor Pegs Retina iMac For An October Release "It’s entirely possible that Apple will stuff a Retina display within the current iMac, and then in turn, launch a redesigned model next year like previous reports suggest. As demonstrated by the MacBook Pro with Retina Display’s price, the ultra high-resolution display is a costly component. Apple is likely holding out until LCD makers can increase their production yield, therefore dropping the price of the units. A Retina-equipped iMac is all but guaranteed; Apple just needs to make sure the model is priced right. A Retina iMac would have staggering display resolutions. A 21.5-inch model would likely have a resolution around 3840×2160, double that of the current 1920×1080 screen. The 27-inch already has a 2560×1440 display; a Retina-level screen might have a resolution around a staggering 5120×2880. Apple is seemingly trying to use the retina display to stand apart from other PC makers. It started with the iPhone and eventually hit the iPad. Now, with the latest MacBook Pro, Apple is charging forward with the Retina display. All that’s missing is an iMac and Apple Display with a Retina display." via TechCrunch

Flexible displays to be focal point for panel makers "Flexible displays, which are bendable and extremely light and thin screens, are starting to be researched and developed more in depth. These paper-like devices will also be very energy-efficient and able to be transported and used anywhere, giving them endless applications for users and making them one of the main focuses for developing ultra-mobile devices in the future. The biggest difference between tablets and flexible displays lies with the substrate material. In a flexible display, the glass substrate is replaced with a flexible substrate material, which could be either foil, plastic or extremely thin glass." via DigiTimes

Tablet Shipments to Surpass Notebook Shipments in 2016 "Tablet PCs are expected to incorporate multi-core processors, increasingly stable operating systems, growing app libraries and higher resolution displays. In addition, notebook PCs are also evolving to meet the challenge from tablet PCs. Thinner form factors, higher resolution displays and touch functionality features are expected to increase. The notebook PC market will remain the largest part of the mobile PC market during the forecast period, accounting for 60% of mobile PC shipments in 2012, declining to 49% by 2017." via DisplaySearch

Toshiba Found Guilty Of LCD Price-Fixing "A jury in Northern California this week found Toshiba guilty of conspiring with other LCD panel manufacturers to fix prices in the U.S. market, a verdict that could slap the Japanese tech giant with up to an $87 million fine. The class-action suit was brought against Toshiba, Samsung, Sharp and other LCD makers in 2007. It was filed by U.S. purchasers of LCD panels, both consumers and TV and computer manufacturers that incorporate the panels into their products. ...In its statement issued Tuesday, Toshiba denied having participated in any fixed pricing scheme, and said it plans to appeal the ruling." via CRN

SMART announces interactive flat panel 'Board 8055i' in India "SMART has announced one such educational solution in the form of the SMART Board 8055i interactive flat panel, which is a 55-inch touchscreen board. It blends a high-definition, shadow-free, 55–inch LCD display with advanced multi-touch capabilities and SMART Notebook collaborative learning software. It also offers access to the SMART Exchange website, wherein educators can connect, share and download nearly 60,000 digital resources. The board is highly interactive with features like presence detection and support for freestyle interaction that allows users to select, move or write over objects simultaneously for increased interaction. The presence detection automatically detects user movements for quick startup and automatic shut-down which eventually helps with power saving. The incorporated DViT (Digital Vision Touch) technology for the interactive panel enhances multi-touch experience, freestyle interaction, touch gestures and object awareness." via Tech2